What Trump Has Wrought

By Pat Buchanan

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What Trump Has Wrought
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- As Wisconsinites head for the polls, our Beltway elites are almost giddy. For they foresee a Badger State bashing for Donald Trump, breaking his momentum toward the Republican nomination.

Should the Donald fall short of the delegates needed to win on the first ballot, 1,237, there is growing certitude that he will be stopped. First by Ted Cruz; then, perhaps, by someone acceptable to the establishment, which always likes to have two of its own in the race.

But this city of self-delusion should realize there is no going back for America.

For, whatever his stumbles of the last two weeks, Trump has helped to unleash the mightiest force of the 21st century: nationalism.

Transnationalism and globalism are moribund.

First among the issues on which Trump has triumphed — “We will build the wall — and Mexico will pay for it!” — is border security.

Republican candidates who failed to parrot Trump on illegal immigration were among the first casualties.

For that is where America is, and that is where the West is.

Consider Europe. Four months ago, Angela Merkel was Time's Person of the Year for throwing open the gates to the “huddled masses” of the Middle and Near East.

Merkel's Germany is now leading the EU in amassing a huge bribe to the Turks to please take them back, and keep them away from the Greek islands that are now Islam's Ellis Island into Europe.

Africa's population will double to 2.5 billion by 2050. With 60 percent of Africans now under 25 years of age, millions will find their way to the Med to cross to the Old Continent where Europeans are aging, shrinking and dying. Look for gunboats in the Med.

If immigration is the first issue where Trump connected with the people, the second is trade.

Republicans are at last learning that trade deficits do matter, that free trade is not free. The cost comes in dead factories, lost jobs, dying towns and the rising rage of an abandoned Middle America whose country this is and whose wages have stagnated for decades.

Economists who swoon over figures on consumption forget what America's 19th-century meteoric rise to self-sufficiency teaches, and what all four presidents on Mount Rushmore understood.

Production comes before consumption. Who owns the orchard is more essential than who eats the apples. We have exported the economic independence that Hamilton taught was indispensable to our political independence. We have forgotten what made us great.

China, Japan, Germany — the second, third and fourth largest economies on earth — all owe their prosperity to trade surpluses run for decades at the expense of the Americans.

A third casualty of Trumpism is the post-Cold War foreign policy consensus among liberal interventionists and neoconservatives.

Trump subjects U.S. commitments to a cost-benefit analysis, as seen from the standpoint of cold national interest.

What do we get from continuing to carry the largest load of the defense of a rich Europe, against a Russia with one-fourth of Europe's population?

How does Vladimir Putin, leader of a nation that in the last century lost its European and world empires and a third of its landmass, threaten us?

Why must we take the lead in confronting and containing Putin in Ukraine, Crimea and Georgia? No vital U.S. interest is imperiled there, and Russia's ties there are older and deeper than ours to Puerto Rico.

Why is it the responsibility of the U.S. Pacific Fleet to defend the claims of Hanoi, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Brunei, to rocks, reefs and islets in the South China Sea — against the claims of China?

American hawks talk of facing down Beijing in the South and East China Seas while U.S. companies import so much in Chinese-made goods they are fully subsidizing Beijing's military budget.

Does this make sense?

Patriotism, preserving and protecting the unique character of our nation and people, economic nationalism, America First, staying out of other nation's wars — these are as much the propellants of Trumpism as is the decline of the American working and middle class.

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Do they think that the millions who came out to vote for Trump will go home and say: We lost it fair and square?

Trump's presence in the race has produced the largest turnout ever in the primaries of either party. He has won the most votes, most delegates, most states. Wisconsin aside, he will likely come to Cleveland in that position.

If, through rules changes, subterfuge and faithless delegates, party elites swindle him out of the nomination, do they think that the millions who came out to vote for Trump will go home and say: We lost it fair and square?

Do they think they can then go back to open borders, amnesty, a path to citizenship, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and nation building?

Whatever happens to Trump, the country has spoken. And if the establishment refuses to heed its voice, and returns to the policies the people have repudiated, it should take heed of John F. Kennedy's warning:

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 30 thoughts on “What Trump Has Wrought

    1. The next time the Repub. party asks me for a donation I will have a very clear and concise answer for them and it won’t be how much. I don’t like Dems. and feel about the same about Repubs. so who can I vote for? It’s either time to clean house or start a new party that really is “By the people and for the people”.

    2. I completely agree with Pat’s assessment of the American Peoples feelings about establishment politicians. There are very valid reasons people are flocking to Trump. People are tired of same ole sh$t politics. There is really no differences between these Rhino Republicans and the socialist liberals. Neither party listens to the people, they merely do what ever they want, make promises to get elected. The GOP picked up the Senate majority because citizens in the United States are sick and tired of the socialist liberal policies of the left, but they haven’t done one thing they promised to do with this majority! I’ve been a life long Republican, I grew up attending GOP function, from the time I was five years of age but I have to say I am ashamed to call myself a Republican now. I am still devoutly conservative but I identify more to the Libertarians more now!! I’m just sick of all of the BS in DC, the GOP is bad mouthing a GOP candidate merely because he scares them. They would rather concede the presidency to Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders than to see Donald Trump win. Shame on you GOP. Thinking about yourselves and all your corporates deal making over the American people!!!

    3. Much has been made of the fact that Trump is the “most popular among the GOP candidates.” This is true, but misleading. It is equally true to say that he is also the most UNpopular among the GOP candidates. It remains to be seen if Trump would be the more popular of the final 2 candidates. So far, roughly two-thirds of the GOP primary voters have voted for someone else, and this could either be because; a) they like the candidate they voted for, or, b) they disliked Trump. When it gets to the convention, iIt is quite possible that more folks who dislike him would vote AGAINST him, ie, vote for his opponent (presumably Ted Cruz), just because they dislike Trump. That choice has not existed yet, but it likely will at the convention. Then we’ll find out. It makes little sense to say, at this point, that the most unpopular GOP candidate is a shoe-in for the presidential candidate, and that statement would be based on EXACTLY the same data as the statement that the most popular GOP candidate is a shoe-in.

    4. I guess all of those who “Hate” Trump…I guess that “Hope and Change” is working for you…The Hope is for Socialism and the Change is to the Constitution…thereby being subservient to the Government…and if you wish to go down the path of all the same clothes with the same cars with the same house with the same food everyday for your future kin reading the Koran…Just continue to hold your hand out for the “Free” stuff and ask yourself that would be a better life…

    5. While Trump is not my first choice, I recognize the inherently suicidal (to the party) nature of any last-minute rule changes. The rules for the entire 2016 election cycle should have been set in stone at the 2012 convention.

      Like it or not, Trump is the biggest favorite of the candidates among GOP primary voters who have thus far gone to the polls. If he goes into the convention with a large lead (and ESPECIALLY if he reaches 50% + 1 of the delegates) and the GOP establishment makes (or APPEARS to make) a change blatantly intended to eliminate Trump, they’ll be massively validating the widespread belief that they don’t care what the voters want.

    6. Doc sounds like my kind of guy! I’ve been following the news for about 6 months, something I don’t normally do. This will be the first and only year I will vote. That’s how pissed off I am. I thought that it was going to be really good to have Obama as President. Dear God was I WRONG. The establishment needs to be overhauled and cleaned up. It is unbelievable what goes on. And we all sit and watch it happen. Not this year. To all these left wing groups I say GET A JOB! I’ve been working since I was 12 years old. Now at 57 I still work as well as my husband. There’s work out there.
      You only need to look for it.
      Obama has ruined our country in so many ways it will be very difficult to get it back. God help us and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!!

      1. Nance,
        Don’t take this wrongly, I am just curious, how could any one who has been working since they were twelve and are now fifty-seven think that it was good to have Obama as President? What chanced your mind?

        1. Hey Wild Bill,

          Thanks for the response. So when my husband and I were watching Obama and listening to his speeches I thought, Wow this could change America’s attitude regarding discrimination. Having the first African American President could be really positive. Dismally disappointed however. He really lost us when after the beheading of one of our American citizens he, within 6 minutes, was on a golf course. Are you kidding me? That was the most shameful action I think I’ve ever seen. And the list goes on and on. I want the guy that will stand up and be heard. The guy that will defend us, you know? And my other disappointment is his wife. If even a tenth of what I read about her is true, I have to tell you it makes me really angry. I believe that the First Lady should be the most respectful women in out country. She is a far cry from that.
          I was never interested in politics before now but all of a sudden you get the reality slap and when I look around and see what is happening I can tell you I’m really frightened. President Obama’s reaction to these horrible things just gets me. I just can’t believe it. I don’t know who should become our next President, but I do think that Trump could turn some things around. He’s as arrogant as they come but I can get by that. All the stupid media crap and the name calling is really a waste of time but there it is. If they spent their energy on taking care of business we’d all be better off. Don’t you agree? Thanks for listening.


    7. Trump suffers from a problem that has bothered Americans since the ’50s at least (in my lifetime), and probably much longer than that. That is, he can’t seem to appreciate any value other than money. He is offended because a woman who wouldn’t give up her house as a matter of principle, was so “stupid” that she turned down monetary offers of far more than it was worth. Eventually, he tried to get it via “eminent domain” and failed. He thought the courts were wrong about that decision too. After all, he had offered her “far more (money) than it was worth,” what did she want from him anyway? When he wanted Hillary to come to his wedding, he donated money to her to get her to do so – and then BRAGGED about this minor bribery! Because he sees it as reasonable, because after all, in his world, money is not just the ultimate, but the ONLY, value. He told us he will not only “build a wall” to keep out illegal aliens, but he’ll make Mexico pay for it too. Again, money is the major victory, not just national security. He doesn’t think we should commit our money to help our potential allies in areas currently being encroached upon by powers like China and Russia, but fails to see that he is setting the stage for our troops to have to engage a strongly entrenched enemy in the future – with much greater risk and loss of life. He seems to think our military would be very supportive of him (unlike the present POTUS) – but, does he actually think that they fight for the money? Even the vast majority of mercenaries fight for principles more than the money. For Trump it is not only all about the money, but also all about the immediate, short term future, like most of our businessmen, and unlike the long range thinkers/planners among out future enemies like China and ISIS, both of whom have stated they are willing to wait for decades to win their goals.

      1. what do you think present washington is doing, only they try to do behind our backs and lie about it. your very blind if you don’t see our goverment problem

    8. All I can say is for everybody to calm down and not fight each other. That is what the democrats wanted to happen, a divided republican party. So please let’s be one in saying that we will stand behind whoever will be the final nominee and no trashing PLEASEEEEEE.

    9. While the incredibly crooked Hildabeast and Bernie the commie are worst of all, Trump is a building contractor. Ever do business with one? They whine, snivel, bitch, ask for special exemptions, more money and if you are not there when every nail goes into a board they will lie cheat, build cheap and charge high unless you really watch them. Our republic has done well and lasted longer than any other in history, but we are in the tank now–better get ready!

    10. If you think Trump cares about the Constitution or the Law better think again as he does not even care about the rules in place to get elected in place for over 150 years they now need to be changed just so he can win. If you can not see Trump is all about Trump you are easy to fool.

      1. Spoken like a true graduate of the 5th grade. Making inane comments are easy. They make no sense whatsoever, like your comment. It’s one thing to make a comment that lacks substance or facts but to write something that makes little sense at all…well as we say in the south….bless your heart.

        1. I am sorry you did not pass 5th grade
          Fact Trump has said many times he disagrees with the Constitution and Laws
          The Republican rules requiring majority delegates have been in place for over 150 years
          If you don’t think Trump is all about Trump you must be deaf or STUPID.

          1. So, you can’t comprehend written English either. I think a graduate degree far exceeds a 5th grade level. I never said I was a Trump supporter, moron. In fact, I’m not. Your statement lacked any facts….just your opinion. Back up what you say instead of posting one long run-on sentence that makes no sense…..STUPID!

    11. Terry – Buffoon? Don’t you just wish YOU could do 1/1000th as well as TRUMP. I love it when people like you who have achieved NOTHING and will not be remembered for anything call others who are more successful names like Buffoon. Don’t you realize how ridiculous YOU look and sound? And you blame the problems above on TRUMP? That’s like the let always blaming BUSH for everything! STOP with your nonsense.

      IF you do NOT want Hillary in office, get off your dead behind and get out and start talking to people, encouraging them to get out and vote for TRUMP or CRUZ. NO candidate is going to be perfect but I do think that TRUMP is the ONLY ONE to bring back jobs, to improve the economy, to get rid of departments in the government, etc etc Kasich is part of the problem as he was in congress for 18 years and helped create the mess we are in. Cruz is of the same action – what has HE achieved in his time in congress? As for Hillary and BERNIE – a crooked liar, a socialist. That shows where America is headed if YOU and others do not vote for TRUMP!

      1. You Hsabin have exhibited the typical lack of class common with most Trump supporters. Using capital letters for emphasis instead of just stating your case. You attack someone else for not believing as you do. You pardon Mr. Trump and somehow dismiss that he is callous, rude and in love with himself. In other words he is a buffoon and no I and most Americans do not aspire to his born with a platinum spoon, 4 times bankrupt success.

    12. Pandora’s box has been opened and Donald Trump opened it. There are far too many politicians sucking on the government teet who have completely forgotten about the American people. Washington has become a cesspool of greed and personal wealth building. It has become a government of collectivism instead of individual freedom; forsaking the freedoms and our beloved Constitution that many of us hold as sacred. We are not mad…we are pissed off and disappointed. If the RNC refuses to bow to the will of the American people, they will reap the revenge of a citizenship that have history of destroying and rebuilding. Many of us took an oath to destroy tyranny both foreign and domestic. That oath is forever. So go ahead, screw with Trumps nomination. Circumvent the will of the American people. You will reap what you sew. It’s not even about the candidate, it’s about the process.

    13. Why is this propaganda in Ammoland’s Shooting Sports News every day? “What Trump has wrought”– I’d love to see this piece updated the day after election when we have Hillary for 8 years, a wrecked Republican party, the Democrats controlling the House and Senate and falling over themselves to introduce more gun laws, thanks to the buffoon known as Trump.

      An electoral disaster just months away, thanks to the Trumpsters.

      1. Buffoon? He may be a lot of things but he is not a buffoon. Next time, try to be more intricate with your replies. Write something intelligent if you have the ability. Something tells me you don’t.

      2. I hate to tell you but we won’t survive 8 years of Hilarious. If we survive Oblama, it will be a miracle. You must be some kind of plant by the establishment. Or, you are only listening to the babbling idiots on main stream media outlets. Otherwise, tell me you are not for socialism/communism. Tell me you don’t want another genocidal president in office.

    14. What Trump has wrought is a divisive split within the Republican party, not between moderates and conservatives but between conservatives and other conservatives. This split bodes badly for our ability to put any Republican into the White House. As for Trump himself, what, exactly, is the philosophical foundation of his principles, other than the aggrandizement of his “brand” and the promotion of, well, himself, and at what cost to the conservative movement. We still have a good chance of putting a Republican into the presidency with almost any other candidate in the race, other than Trump.

    15. What Trump has wrought? An awareness that maybe your vote really doesn’t count, thanks to the political “elites.” These people would rather see the country become a full-blown socialist/communist poverty country than to give up their control over whomever is supposedly running the country. Because Trump is self-funded, he threatens the vast amount of money taken in by both democrats and republicans, and the “media” because he can’t be controlled by threats of lost funding. So the political “elites” are working very hard to assure the “right” candidates are selected through the nomination process. You didn’t think Obama was really running everything, did you?

      There is still time to assure you have an adequate PDW and plenty of ammo.

      1. So True Herb: The Big Three Cabal is scared $hitless of losing POWER & CONTROL. George Soros has a few billion more than trump and its starting to show up in the ANTI -Trump movement. Soros and his ilk will make Billions more if the status quo is maintained and the Politicians can’t stand having their Anti-American side exposed. Obama no longer cares that he is exposed as a Progressive Socialist, he has padded his pockets and has carried the ball for the Soro’s of the world so he will do anything at this point to protect his interests, America be Damned.

    16. Good article. Thank you Patrick. I was a supporter of yours when you ran for pres. And I still think the country would be an even better place today, had you succeeded.

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